If people would simply learn to turn lights off in a room when they leave, as their father probably taught them, they could be saving tons of money. It's a great habit to start, no matter how long or short of time you will be out of the room. Shutting off the lights will allow your bulbs to last longer and use less energy.
Use the right bulb
There have been massive improvements in the lighting industry. That said, you should take a look at the bulbs you are using now and compare them with some of the energy-saving options that are available today. Chances are you could be saving a little money by switching.
How many switches?
When you start to reorganize where your light switches are or how many you have, you will want to make sure that you are putting lights on their own switches so you don't light up an entire room when you only will be using one section. This will save you money and power.
Dim the lights
If all of your lights are on “on/off” switches you may want to consider switching to dimmer switches. These switches do come in a different style for different lights, you will need to make sure that you are buying the right type for your lights. This option will allow you to control how much electricity each of your bulbs will use when they are on. It will also allow you to have control over the mood of the room.
Clean lights are brighter
If you simply clean up the shades and coverings over your lights, you will end up getting a lot more light out of the bulbs you have working for you right now. Another way to get more light out of your bulbs is to look at the wattage. Remember when picking out bulbs that one bulb will be brighter than multiple bulbs with equal wattage.
Track lights vs. Pot lights
You will want to decide which types of lights you will be using in your home before you start to buy figures. When choosing between pot light and track lights it is essential to know that track lights tend to offer more flexibility in location of the lights and the direction of the lights, while pot lights are going to be very limited in both of these features. Also determine how many switches your lights will be on and ensure that the fixtures you've chosen are able to take high efficiency light bulbs.
Use timers for security lighting
If you are worried about people knowing when you are and are not home because of your lights, you should look into a timer. These timers are plugged right into a normal outlet and can generally accommodate a few different lights. The timer will turn the lights on and off at certain times whether some is home or not. This is a much better option than leaving your lights on for your entire trip.
Use motion detectors and timers for security
When dealing with outdoor security, motion detectors can't be beat. They will turn on as soon as something moves within its range. The best places for these are over garage doors, side entrances or front doors. These lights will welcome those who you are expecting and can deter those whom you aren't. They also are nice when looking for your keys in your purse at night or if you drop something.
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